Weekend Reading

My cheeks still feel wind-kissed from spending the day on my uncle’s sugar bush. Yesterday was our annual family sugaring-off outing to their 25-acre maple farm. There, over 300 trees are tapped for their precious sap and reduced over an open fire to pure maple syrup.

This traditional method of harvesting and reducing sap is becoming more and more rare; indeed just visiting my uncle’s property feels like I’m stepping back in time. In case you are interested in reading more about making maple syrup, I am including two posts I wrote following our outing last year for your weekend reading.

The pot of maple baked beans pictured above simmered on the massive cast iron stove all afternoon; we drank tea made with the boiling sap and licked maple taffy off of wooden paddles.

It was a delightful way to spend a spring day.

Here are a few more favorites that caught my eye this week around the web…

Happy Reading!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Love that photo, Aimee!
    .-= Simple Homeschool ~ Jamie’s last blog: Weekend Links =-.

  2. It is still one of my life goals to attend sugaring off. One day…
    .-= Cheryl Arkison’s last blog: The Cure for Picky Eating? =-.

  3. Ooh, one of my favorite reads is from Little House in the Big Woods – where the whole family gathers for a sugaring. It’s fun to see that some people still do it the old fashioned way!

  4. Tammy, the Little House books are also what I was imagining! I’ve never been to anything like this, but it sounds absolutely heavenly.
    .-= Nikki Moore’s last blog: eating healthy + saving money =-.

  5. Oh man I’m sorta jealous…it looks like so much fun!
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny’s last blog: Chocolate Guinness Sauce =-.

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